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Homeplate: A quick primer on FODMAP foods

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Warning: This is not one of my usual food columns filled with delicious recipes and lovely photographs. In fact, this column is going to get downright unappetizing. But before you stop reading, consider these questions: Do you have gastric distress – symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea or constipation – that remain unexplained even after thorough medical evaluations? Have you kicked bread and pasta out of your life because you feel crummy when you eat them and are convinced you are gluten intolerant, even though you have tested negative for celiac disease? Do you drink only sugar-free soda but still feel bloated? Have you given up …

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Americans say ‘no’ to cappuccino chips America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists – Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent …

Roasted beets can brighten up any holiday table

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beets are the perfect addition to bountiful fall feasts. They are satisfying without being heavy, and their rich ruby and golden tones add visual interest to any seasonal color scheme. Plus, beets are incredibly flexible on temperature – serve them warm, room temperature or chilled – which is a huge bonus when planning …

This spicy stew has everything it takes to please palates, vegetarian or not

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sometimes I like to go back to basics. For a relatively new vegetarian like myself – and even for more experienced ones – I think it’s helpful every so often to remember why we made this transition in …

Michigan university set to launch beer-making program

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Colleges and beer have a long shared history. A university in Michigan is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify experts in “fermentation science.” Central Michigan University in …

Not just another pumpkin recipe

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I know. It’s barely October, and you can’t swing a reusable shopping tote without hitting some form of pumpkinized food or drink. But to paraphrase Monty Python, this hasn’t got much pumpkin in it. The puree adds body …

No charges in toxic tea incident at Utah eatery

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

No charges will be filed in the case involving a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with lye at a Utah restaurant. Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill said Friday that prosecutors determined after reviewing an extensive investigation by the South Jordan, Utah, Police …

Lemon lovers get bitter shock on California drought

Monday, September 29, 2014

First it was the surge in beef prices, and then seafood went through the roof. Now you can add lemons to the growing list of ingredients cutting into profit on the menu at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. The three Joe’s restaurants, in Washington, D.C., Chicago …

Paul Deen documentary to tell her side of downfall

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Paula’s back Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that decimated her career, but you’ll need to pay to hear it. The former Food Network star has been working on …

California adopts olive oil labeling standards

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The state Department of Food and Agriculture has approved standards for grading and labeling California-produced olive oil that will require makers to state specifically whether they have adulterated any of their product. State officials say the standards will take effect Friday. They also require testing to determine whether …

FDA revises food safety rules due next year

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration recently revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer. The final rules are …

A rethought batter for apple cake

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I love to redefine the formula of a butter cake batter every now and then, especially to create a dreamy one that’s a little lavish, perhaps less conventional and tailored to the texture and essence of the main …

Butter and black pepper, a steak’s best friends

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A steak and potato dinner is an American cliche, but a delicious one. And its classic status gives us leave to play with — and enjoy — it without feeling guilty. Here’s a weeknight-friendly steak and taters recipe …